A September wedding in Meganisi

“It really was the most amazing day!”

Picturesque Meganisi Island, was the setting for the special day of Tim and Alexia from England. Their intimate September wedding of close family and friends was a delight to create and we added simple and elegant elements to make the most of the natural beauty of the location.

Alexia and Tim enjoyed their time in Lefkas tremendously and Alexia was excited to tell us more about it.

We LOVE Greece and have had the most amazing holidays there, including getting engaged in Lefkada in 2014.  We’re very lucky to have a family who we are very close too and the thought of getting everyone together and enjoying a holiday, as well as the wedding in our favourite place was too good an opportunity to pass up!  We also knew we didn’t want to have a “BIG” wedding so decided to escape to our favourite place with immediate family and a couple of close friends.  It had to be Greece!

Creating our special day…

Each time we have been to Greece we’ve gone for a smaller island, the less touristy the better as far as we are concerned.  Meganisi seemed like the ideal choice, it’s small, beautiful, off the beaten track and we wanted our family to experience the Greek islands we had fallen in love with.  

This was made very easy by Claire at Lefkas Weddings, she was always on hand to talk things through with us and because of her experience she was always one step ahead when it came to thinking of how the day would run, what we might need such as flowers and photography.  Claire has got great recommendations on the suppliers, who were all amazing.  Organising a holiday for 17 is always going to be a bit of a logistical mind field but we had help from Thinking Traveller on the villa and flights, Rebecca at Exclusive Meganisi to help with transport and the catering.  We really appreciate that Claire worked with everyone so well to make it all run so smoothly.

We didn’t really go into this with a definite plan, we wanted it to be intimate and fairly casual.  We’d booked an amazing villa on the island and knew that we wanted to have the reception there so it was just a case of working out how we could bring it all together.  We didn’t really know what would be available to us so having Claire to give us a guide about what our options were was great.  The MS Christina cruise was such a great addition and the fireworks to finish the night off was just the icing on the cake for us!

Our wedding day…

The wedding ceremony took place at the Plateia in Spartohori village. The traditional stone paved balcony on the hillside offers a stunning panoramic view of Lefkada and Skorpios islands.

Bride party arrived into the top part of Spartohori village and walked down the narrow lane to well wishes from the local people towards Tim and the Groomsmen waiting at the Plateia. The relaxed ceremony with some personal vows was very touching and the couple posed for pictures and celebrated with champagne afterwards before walking down the road to the harbour below.

Here our favourite wedding boat, the MS Christina, was waiting for the wedding party and took them on a two hour cruise with lots of lovely canapes and drinks around the other off shore islands. We all loved the trip around Skorpios on MS Christina, the boat is amazing and the crew were lovely, including little Harry, the Captain’s son, who melted our three 7 year old bridesmaid’s hearts!  

The evening was hosted at Villa Akrothea on the West coast of the island and the guests were welcomed with watermelon daiquiri cocktails by the pool area.  A beautiful table decorated with burlap and an olive garland was set up on the terrace and the pergola was surrounded by candles and hanging lanterns. The guests dined on traditional Greek mezedes, meat and fish dishes. Their two tier wedding cake and baklava was served for dessert.

Flowers and wedding theme…

I love a classic, elegant look and also to keep things natural so the choice of white flowers with the olive greenery was an obvious one for us.   With olive trees being so abundant in Greece it seemed like the natural choice – plus olive branches are synonymous with peace, friendship and are very pretty in their own right!  We didn’t want anything too formal or structured so felt the greenery gave flowers a softer, more natural look. 

We wanted it to have a  casual feel to it so decided to limit the matching elements, we went with an overall pastel feel for the bridal party colours, we wanted the flowers and decorations to compliment that and pull everything together.  So sticking with that theme the burlap was an obvious choice, as it’s a natural fabric with a casual feel the olive branch greenery just complimented it nicely.

The Wedding dress…

I’m not someone who has dreamt of a big wedding dress, I like a classic vintage look without being too much of either!  I was looking for a simple dress and also didn’t want to spend a fortune on it so we spent a day at the high street bridal stores.  I found my dress in Monsoon Bridal, the style is Marianne and it was perfect; lightweight fabric, adorned with a delicately embellished mesh overlay with a scalloped design of small pearls and silver beads. 

Alexia’s bridesmaid was her best friend since school, Laura, who was responsible for getting the couple when they were teenagers 17 years ago!  Alexia described the dresses for us:

We wanted a general pastel palette so went with a light green, which looked great on Laura with her dark hair and tan.  It was long dress, with a beaded and sequined detail across the top from ASOS.  My younger flower girls were our three nieces, Eve, Tilly and Mia (all 6/7 years old).  We decided we wanted them all to have different dresses in the pastel theme so Eve wore a white bridesmaids dress from John Lewis, Tilly a dusky pink and Mia a white with yellow lining and flower detail, both from Monsoon.  We tied them all together with an olive and white flower headband and matching flower baskets.

The Groom…

Tim wore a ‘cool blue’ two piece suit from Reiss and tan brogues. The suit was a modern cut and a very light weight fabric. He chose it because he loved the colour and didn’t want to wear anything too heavy in the heat. 

In keeping with the casual theme we asked the grooms men to wear what they felt comfortable in. It was important to us that everybody was comfortable and free to enjoy themselves as much as we did!

Memories…

The ceremony was obviously a highlight but we enjoyed everything. Looking back, seeing photos and watching the videos just brings back the best memories!  It really was the most amazing day.  

There were lots of good bits, it’s hard to pick a favourite! There were definitely some funny moments; I think we had all underestimated how seriously our three nieces would take the need to replace the petals thrown from their baskets! The best man mixing up the rings.  Tim struggling to carry me over the threshold.  Mia stealing the show with her “new love” Harry!  The rain just before we were about to sit down for dinner was unexpected but it was quickly resolved by Claire and Rebecca who moved the whole table, fully set, inside the villa!

What would be your one piece of advice to anyone else thinking to marry in Greece?

Do it and do it how you want to do it!  Anything is possible, when you’ve got the right people helping you……You made the whole thing really easy and everything was even better than we had imagined it would be. 

AT Quad bike for the newly weds!

Arrangements: Claire at Lefkas Weddings together with Exclusive Meganisi

Photography: V&A Giotopoulos Photography

Floristy and design: Gourioti Flowers

Villa Akrothea is available via The Thinking Traveller

Private boat charter: M/S Christina

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